Android tv tips

Use your smartphone as a remote

Most Smart TV and Streaming devices let you use your smartphone as a remote. And the Samsung Smart TV is no different. However, there are a few extra steps involved. First up, you need to install the SmartThings app from the Play Store or the App Store. Next, log in with a Samsung account, if you don’t have one, you can create it here. Once you enter the app, you will find your Samsung TV, just make sure your TV and the phone are under the same WiFi network. The app lets you adjust the volume, change the channels, navigate with the touchpad and even turn the TV ON or OFF.

Mirror the Phone to TV

There are a few ways to mirror your smartphone screen to a TV but the Samsung SmartThings app makes it a one-tap solution. When connected to the TV, go to the SmartThings app > tap the TV > reveal the options by tapping the three vertical dots > select “Smart View”. Alternatively, you can watch OTA channels on your smartphone with the SmartThings app if you have an antenna plugged into the back of the TV. Neat.

Turn off background network search

On a phone, tablet or computer it can be interesting to be looking for new WiFi networks in the background. But on a device like the Nvidia Shield TV it doesn’t make as much sense once you’ve connected it to your local network via ethernet cable or wirelessly. Because the network will not change. So, go to the Network settings and disable the option.

Turn off iCloud Private Relay for Wi-Fi

If you notice a major dip in data network speed following the iOS 15 update, you need to disable iCloud Private Relay for the Home/Work Wi-Fi. Simply open the Settings app on the iPhone, navigate to Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi network, and turn off iCloud Private Relay from the following menu.

Edit Date and Time in Photos

Not only can you check the image details from the Photos app, but also modify their date and time in iOS 15. You can select a single photo or multiple photos and select the Share menu. Tap on the Edit Date & Time option and change the date and time for the photo.

Change Per-App Text Size

In iOS 14, users could only change the system-wide font size. That behavior is changing in iOS 15. You can keep the text size change to a specific app only. Just make sure to keep the app open while using the Text Size toggle from the Control Centre.

Create Temporary New Email Addresses

Are you tired of using your primary email address for every website you visit? With the iOS 15, Apple takes care of this hassle. From the Settings > iCloud > Hide My Email menu, you can create multiple temporary email addresses to use. This is a part of iCloud’s Hide My Email function. Users can keep their personal email addresses private by creating unique, random addresses that forward to your personal inbox and can be deleted at any time.

Access Spotlight Search from the Lock Screen

Spotlight Search also gets a major boost with new features. Spotlight uses intelligence to search photos by location, people, scenes, or objects. Using Live Text, Spotlight can also find text and handwriting in photos. Spotlight now offers web image search and all-new rich results for actors, musicians, TV shows, and movies. The good news is, you can access all these goodies right from the iPhone lock screen. Use the same swipe-down gesture from the lock screen, and Spotlight Search is ready to serve you.

Use Magnifier App

Need to zoom in for specific details using iPhone? You no longer need to open the Camera app and use digital zoom. iOS 15 now comes with a new Magnifier app. As the name suggests, you can use it to zoom in on elements, text, use a bunch of filters, flashlight, play with the brightness slider, and more.

System-Wide Drag and Drop

You really need to use this trick in person to check its awesomeness. You can long-press any image/video/file from one app, open another app, and drop it there. Keep the content pinned using one hand and open another app using another finger and drop the content. It works seamlessly across Apple apps. For example, you can select a photo from the Photos app and use the drag and drop method to attach it to an iMessage conversation.